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Reginald George COLEE

Regimental number2793
Date of birth11 August 1889
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWarehouseman
Addresscnr Union and Merri Parade, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 10"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, Albert Samuel Colee, cnr Union and Merri Parade, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years 11 months in the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; 18 months, 65th Infantry Regiment; 6 months as Lt, 55th Bn, Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 November 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date15 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 34055 Gunner Vivian COLEE, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 December 1916, and appointed Acting Sergeant (Voyage Only); disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 February 1917, and appointed Extra Regimental Sergeant, 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott.

Marched in to Camp Details, Sutton Mandeville, 3 March 1917.

Marched in to 10th Training Bn, Durrington, 7 April 1917, and reverted to Private.

Appointed Extra Duty Pay Corporal, 15 April 1917.

Transferred (as Private) to 66th Bn, 28 April 1917.

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 28 April 1917; appointed Sergeant same day.

On Command, PT&BF [Physical Training & Bayonet Fighting] School, Tidworth, 25 June 1917; rejoined 66th Bn from detachment, 7 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 August 1917; taken on strength, 37th Bn, in the field, 1 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg and hand), and admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 October 1917; transferred to 11th General Hospital, Camiers, 6 October 1917; to England, 22 October 1917, and admitted to Queen Mary's Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire, 23 October 1917 (wounds: severe); discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 16 November 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 11 January 1918, and attached for duty as Permanent Cadre.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 June 1918; rejoined 37th Bn, in the field, 9 June 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 25 August 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance; transferred to 37th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 August 1918; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 August 1918; to England, 28 August 1918, and admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, 29 August 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 September 1918; discharged to Littlemoor Camp, Weymouth, 7 September 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 October 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, and transferred to Reinforcements of 5th Bn, 15 November 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Sutton Veny, 5 February 1919 (influenza); discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 16 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoa', 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 15 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death5 October 1938
Age at death49
Place of burialBurwood Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLEE Reginald George

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